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Conversations of the Heart

Marie Hagen, CND

On Sunday, September 24, we began our "Conversations of the Heart" monthly gatherings. Our opening prayer was "Celebrating Creation" in the spirit of the Month of Prayer for the Care of the Earth from September 1 – October 4 introduced by Pope Francis.

Following our time of contemplative prayer, we reflected and shared on our experience of Chapter in July. Many commented on the sense of peace, joy, and deep listening that pervaded our gathering, as well as on our discernment for leadership. It was felt that the process of preparation initiated by the Chapter Planning Committee enabled us to enter fully into our table conversations.

We then moved to a discussion on our living out the Chapter Vision Statement. We focused primarily on how we will personally respond to the cry of the periphery in our individual lives. Attention was brought to the fact that the periphery is at our fingertips, and is part of who we are. We reflected on our call to "deeper awareness" and to "intentionality.” Our sharing on this will continue as we deepen this call in our lives and situations. Our closing prayer "Holding the Earth" brought a rich and challenging afternoon to a close. 

Photo credit: Marie-Claire Dugas

 

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